icefall

noun
ice·​fall | \ˈīs-ˌfȯl \

Definition of icefall 

1 : a frozen waterfall

2 : the mass of usually jagged blocks into which a glacier may break when it moves down a steep declivity

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On the Langshisha Glacier, Dawa Yangzum easily navigated the uneven icefall and gaping crevasses. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "Smashing Guiding's Glass Ceiling," 3 Apr. 2018 The icefall gave way to a barren strip of gray moraine dotted with yellow and orange tents, the remnants of the season's Base Camp. Author: John Branch, Anchorage Daily News, "Deliverance from 27,000 feet: The journey home for 2 climbers who perished on Everest," 19 Dec. 2017 On March 23, an icefall buried and killed one climber, Jake Breitenbach. Sewell Chan, New York Times, "Norman Dyhrenfurth, 99, Dies; Led First U.S. Team to Reach Top of Everest," 27 Sep. 2017 The siphons lowered the height of the lake by nearly 20 feet, but they were damaged in recent icefall, and only two are now working. Nick Miroff, chicagotribune.com, "Peru and its melting glaciers are an early test of adapting to climate change. It's not going well.," 7 Aug. 2017 The siphons lowered the height of the lake by nearly 20 feet, but they were damaged in recent icefall, and only two are now working. Washington Post, "Peru’s glaciers have made it a laboratory for adapting to climate change. It’s not going well.," 7 Aug. 2017 In 2014, the year an avalanche swept through Everest’s Khumbu icefall, there were 16 deaths. Binaj Gurubacharya, The Seattle Times, "The tragedy of Everest’s normal: 10 dead this season, so far," 24 May 2017 Atop K2’s near-vertical slopes, glacial icefalls dislodge car-size hunks of ice. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Scaling the World’s Most Lethal Mountain, in the Dead of Winter," 9 May 2017 However, these proposals present an economic conundrum for Sherpas, whose wages could be reduced because they are paid, in part, per trip through the icefall, according to Jennifer Peedom, director of the 2015 documentary Sherpa. National Geographic, "Nepalis Hold Their Breath as New Everest Climbing Season Begins," 15 Apr. 2016

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1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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